Steven Gerrard ‘will have to accept the job at Liverpool if the opportunity presents itself’ insists Ian Rush
Steven Gerrard ‘will have to take over at Liverpool if the opportunity presents itself’ insists club legend Ian Rush … but backs the former Reds captain to be ‘100% focused’ as Aston Villa boss
Steven Gerrard will have to take over as manager at Liverpool if he is finally offered it, according to legendary club striker Ian Rush.
Gerrard returned to the Premier League on Thursday after being introduced as Aston Villa’s new manager to succeed the fired Dean Smith, six years after playing his last game for Liverpool.
Although there are no vacancies at Anfield and the continued success of current manager Jurgen Klopp means that an opening soon is unlikely, links have already been established with Gerrard’s return to the club where he played between 1998 and 2015 and played more than 700 games.
Club legend Steven Gerrard played more than 700 games for Liverpool between 1998 and 2015
While Rush believes that Villa’s natural path to Liverpool cannot be ignored, the former striker believes his focus at the moment will only be on his new role at Villa Park.
“I know a lot of people see him as a stepping stone towards the eventual replacement of Jurgen Klopp,” he said. Gambling.com. But at the end of the day, Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world and Stevie spent most of his career there, so it’s only natural that one day he hopes to manage the club.
But at the moment I really don’t think that’s on his mind at all, he will focus on doing what’s best for Aston Villa, see how it goes and take it from there.
“ We’ve seen club legends take over at Liverpool in the past and it’s been great, but there have been times when it hasn’t quite worked out either, but it’s a risk you have to take if the opportunity arises. Make no mistake though, Stevie will be 100% focused on Villa.
Steven Gerrard’s move to Aston Villa has been seen as a stepping stone to take over at Liverpool once current coach Jurgen Klopp leaves office.
‘Having said that, it is also a risk to take Villa’s job because if it doesn’t work out, it hurts his chances of landing the Liverpool job in the future. If it doesn’t go well and you are out of a job then I think it would be better if you went straight back to another job because if you stay out of the game for a while they forget you very quickly. .
“However, Stevie cannot afford to think too much ahead, he must not regret the path he takes in his coaching career and this is certainly a good opportunity to improve his coaching skills to the highest level.”
Gerrard’s management career is already off to a promising start after slowly turning the Rangers into title winners last season, following nine consecutive Scottish Premiership title victories by rivals Celtic.
It leaves the Scottish champions at the top of the league and four points ahead of their rivals Old Firm.
Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush believes that a future role at Liverpool will be of no interest to Gerrard at this point as he hopes Aston Villa will shoot again.
Gerrard has enjoyed a good start to his coaching career after re-establishing the Rangers as title winners in Scotland after nine years of Celtic rule.
Rush believes that with Gerrard’s former Liverpool teammate Gary McAllister working alongside him, he can help turn around an Aston Villa team that is on a terrible streak after losing their last five Premier League matches.
“I think he is a very good coach and obviously he has the experienced Gary McAllister by his side, who is very helpful. I speak with Stevie and Gary Mac regularly and know that Stevie is very demanding of his players, just as he was as a captain.
“A lot of his managerial traits are similar to the type of player he really was,” added Rush. “ He has that never-say-die attitude and he won’t be happy unless Aston Villa is winning games, so I think he will find a way to get the best out of those players.
“ They lost their main player, Jack Grealish, so they were always going to have problems this quarter, but now is an opportunity for Stevie and his backroom team to turn things around like he did on the Rangers. ”